Sim­pli­fy­ing what I see

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The in­ter­ac­tion of light and ma­te­ri­als and the visual group­ing that oc­curs when you squint de­ter­mines the colour and value. I ad­just them un­til they ap­prox­i­mate the re­la­tion­ships I see be­fore me. The dy­namic range of real life is much larger than any me­dia can re­pro­duce, so I have to group, edit and sim­plify be­cause I have only about 10 to 12 dis­tinct tones to work with.

Lead­ing the eye

I lay in my path, which serves both to lead the eye into the pic­ture and re­in­force the per­spec­tive of the ground plane. Next, I look for some tonal vari­a­tion within the larger dark mass that I’ve es­tab­lished. This in­volves mostly sep­a­rat­ing out the darker trunks from the noise of the un­der­brush.

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